Worcester

*Coxon- Reading Novels from 1800s

At either Private Address or St John's Library, Glebe Close,Worcester, WR2 5AX at 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 a.m.

Have you some Classic literature on your bookshelves that you last read for your ‘O’ Levels and keep meaning to re-read? Do you long to re-visit works by authors such as The Brontës’, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Wilkie Collins, Henry James, Emile Zola etc, etc.

The aim of this Coxon Summer School for us to meet monthly to discuss three nineteenth century novels as a reading group. I have an MA is in Nineteenth Century Studies, so hopefully can bring some specialist knowledge to the group about this fascinating century of great social change and upheaval where nevertheless people constantly looked back to the ‘rural idyll’ and ‘the world that they have lost’.

The intention in the first session is to look at Thomas Hardy’s novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ and the social context and themes of the book. Although I will be leading this first meeting, the group is interactive, it won’t be a lecture by one person; everybody who turns up will be expected to be familiar with the story and willing to participate in a discussion. The other two books will be decided on at this first meeting and it is hoped that there will be volunteers to lead a discussion on these. The only criteria for choice are that the book is a nineteenth century novel and it’s in print.

The meetings will be held in the final week of June, July and August from 10.30 to 12.00. Depending on the response, the meetings will either be held at my house or St John’s library. Both venues are on the No 30 bus route from Crowngate and the service is very regular, so you would have no problem in being able to get to the venue for 10.30 and for those of you that are driving, there is plenty of off-road parking at my house. Exact dates will be decided by which days suit the most people, so please let me know if you have any preference. Please let me know which are your preferred day/s when contacting me and I’ll fit in with the choice of the majority

Further details: Carolyn Clarke

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